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Food poisoning is not fun. In fact, it can be quite serious. See how well you know the dos and don’ts of proper food safety.

  1. Harmful bacteria can accurately be detected by sight, smell or taste.
    TRUE or FALSE
  2. Federal regulations require product dating on all foods.
    TRUE or FALSE
  3. It’s OK to eat bread that has mold on it as long as the mold is scraped off.
    TRUE or FALSE
  4. Washing raw chicken removes bacteria.
    TRUE or FALSE
  5. You can drink milk past the date on the carton.
    TRUE or FALSE
  6. Food can be left out for up to 2 hours.
    TRUE or FALSE

Food safety 

  1. Harmful bacteria can accurately be detected by sight, smell or taste.
    False
    You cannot tell if food is still safe just by looking at it. Dangerous bacteria can grow very fast on food that is left out too long.
  2. Federal regulations require product dating on all foods.
    False
    Federal regulations only require product dating for infant formula.
    For meat, poultry, and egg products, dates may be voluntarily applied in compliance with Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) regulations.
  3. It’s OK to eat bread that has mold on it as long as the mold is scraped off.
    False
    If you see a spot on bread that’s fuzzy or colorful there may be more than you can’t see. So it’s safest to discard the entire loaf. However, mold on cheese is a different story. It’s OK to cut off an inch around and under the mold and eat the rest.
  4. Washing raw chicken removes bacteria.
    False
    You can actually spread bacteria by washing raw chicken! Chicken juice can get onto your sink, countertop, and other surfaces thereby increasing your chance of food poisoning. Always wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling any raw food.
  5. You can drink milk past the date on the carton.
    True
    The date on the carton is a “sell-by” date. It is not an “expiration” or “use-by” date. Milk should stay fresh a few days past the date, as long as you refrigerate it right way.
  6. Food can be left out for up to 2 hours.
    True
    You don’t have to rush away from the dinner table to put leftovers in the fridge, but don’t wait too long. Store them within 2 hours of cooking. Food served outdoors in hot weather needs to go in a cooler with ice within an hour. Throw away anything that’s been left out longer.

Symptoms of food poisoning

Symptoms can vary depending on the type of contamination. Here is a list of common symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Watery or bloody diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain and cramps
  • Fever

If symptoms last longer than a day or two or are severe, we urge you to seek immediate medical treatment.

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